Introduction: New USCIS Fees Effective December 23, 2016
On October 24, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a new fee schedule for the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in the Federal Register [see 81 FR 73292] [USCIS news release: link]. The new fee schedule will take effect on December 23, 2016. Individuals must pay the new filing fees for any applications or petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016. The USCIS will reject any applications or petitions postmarked or filed on or after December 23, 2016, that do not have the proper filing fees. The old fees must be used for any applications or petitions postmarked or filed before December 23, 2016.
Reason for the New USCIS Fee Schedule
The Federal Register notice explains that the USCIS fee schedule was last adjusted on November 23, 2010. The USCIS conducted a comprehensive fee review for fiscal year (FY) 2016/2017 and determined that the current fees «do not recover the full cost of services provided.» Accordingly, the DHS adjusted the fee schedule so that it could fully recover costs and maintain adequate services. The proposed fee schedule was submitted for notice and public comment on May 4, 2016.
The Federal Register notice summary includes the following changes:
- Increases fees by a weighted average of 21 percent;
- Establishes a new fee of $3,035 covering USCIS costs related to processing the Form I-924A, Supplement to Form I-924 (for EB5 Annual Certification of Regional Center);
- Establishes a three-level fee for the Form N-400, Application for Naturalization; and
- Removes regulatory provisions that prevent the USCIS from rejecting an immigration or naturalization benefit request paid with a dishonored check or lacking the required biometric services fee until the individual filing the benefit request has been provided with the opportunity to correct the deficient payment.
New Form: Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee Process
The DHS has created a new form called the Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee Process, which will become effective on December 23, 2016 [link]. The fee will allow for a reduced fee of $320 for naturalization applicants whose household incomes are greater than 150 percent and not more than 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. We will update the Naturalization section of the website with a detailed article on the new Form I-942 when the final version of the Form I-942 and the Form I-942 instructions are available on the USCIS website.
New Fee Schedule
The following chart shows the new USCIS fee schedule [link]. The new fees will be effective starting on December 23, 2016. The old fees will remain effective until that date.
|Immigration Benefit Request||New Fee ($)||Old Fee ($)|
|G-1041 Genealogy Index Search Request||65||20|
|G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Microfilm)||65||20|
|G-1041A Genealogy Records Request (Copy from Textual Record)||65||35|
|I-90 Application to Replace Permanent Resident Card||455||365|
|I-102 Application for Replacement/Initial Nonimmigrant Arrival-Departure Document||445||330|
|I-129/129CW Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker||460||325|
|I-129F Petition for Alien Fiancé(e)||535||340|
|I-130 Petition for Alien Relative||535||420|
|I-131/I-131A Application for Travel Document||575||360|
|I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker||700||580|
|I-191 Application for Relief Under Former Section 212(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA)||930||585|
|I-192 Application for Advance Permission to Enter as Nonimmigrant||585/9301||585|
|I-193 Application for Waiver of Passport and/or Visa||585||585|
|I-212 Application for Permission to Reapply for Admission into the U.S. After Deportation or Removal||930||585|
|I-290B Notice of Appeal or Motion||675||630|
|I-360 Petition for Amerasian Widow(er) or Special Immigrant||435||405|
|I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status||1,140||985|
|I-485 Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (certain applicants under the age of 14 years)||750||635|
|I-526 Immigrant Petition by Alien Entrepreneur||3,675||1,500|
|I-539 Application to Extend/Change Nonimmigrant Status||370||290|
|I-600/600A Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative/Application for Advance Petition Processing of Orphan Petition||775||720|
|I-601 Application for Waiver of Ground of Excludability||930||585|
|I-601A Application for Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver||630||585|
|I-612 Application for Waiver of the Foreign Residence Requirement (Under Section 212(e) of the INA, as Amended)||930||585|
|I-687 Application for Status as a Temporary Resident under Section 245A of the Immigration and Nationality Act||1,130||1,130|
|I-690 Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility||715||200|
|I-694 Notice of Appeal of Decision||890||755|
|I-698 Application to Adjust Status From Temporary to Permanent Resident (Under Section 245A of the INA)||1,670||1,020|
|I-751 Petition to Remove Conditions on Residence||595||505|
|I-765 Application for Employment Authorization||410||380|
|I-800/800A Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative/Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country||775||720|
|I-800A Supp. 3 Request for Action on Approved Form I-800A||385||360|
|I-817 Application for Family Unity Benefits||600||435|
|I-824 Application for Action on an Approved Application or Petition||465||405|
|I-829 Petition by Entrepreneur to Remove Conditions||3,750||3,750|
|I-910 Application for Civil Surgeon Designation||785||615|
|I-924 Application for Regional Center Designation Under the Immigrant Investor Program||17,795||6,230|
|I-924A Annual Certification of Regional Center||3,035||0|
|I-929 Petition for Qualifying Family Member of a U-1 Nonimmigrant||230||215|
|N-300 Application to File Declaration of Intention||270||250|
|N-336 Request for Hearing on a Decision in Naturalization Proceedings||700||650|
|N-400 Application for Naturalization2||640||595|
|N-470 Application to Preserve Residence for Naturalization Purposes||355||330|
|N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document||555||345|
|N-600/N-600K Application for Certificate of Citizenship||1,170||600/5503|
|USCIS Immigrant Fee||220||165|
|Biometric Services Fee||85||85|
- The fee for Form I-192 will remain $585 when filed with and processed by CBP.
- Certain low-income naturalization applicants may pay a filing fee of $320 plus the $85 biometric services fee. For eligibility details and filing instructions, see Form I-942, Request for Reduced Fee and Form N-400, Application for Naturalization.
- The old fee for N-600/N-600K applications filed on behalf of a biological child was $600 and on behalf of an adopted child was $550. There is no fee for a Form N-600 filed by a member or veteran of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces filing on his or her behalf.
Please see our full article regarding the rules for establishing eligibility for a fee waiver with the USCIS [see article]. We also have a full article on establishing eligibility for a fee waiver in Immigration Court or with the Board of Immigration Appeals [see article]
When filing an application or petition with the USCIS, it is essential to use the proper edition of the form and to pay the current filing fee (or file the form with a request for a fee waiver if eligible). The form instructions associated with each USCIS form include detailed instructions for filling out and submitting a form with the requisite information and fee. An experienced immigration attorney may help an individual determine whether a given application or petition is appropriate given his or her circumstances and help the individual file a complete application or petition with the requisite fee or fee waiver request.